One of the most relaxing things to do in Ottawa is head to the beautiful Experimental Farm park area and have a picnic in the Arboretum.
Below are a few shots / clips from our outing on Mother’s day (known in our house as Mommy’s day) MF had requested that we have a picnic there and so happily her wish was our command!
The Arboretum, for those who, like me, did not know, is a place where many different tree species are planted and protected.
The Ottawa arboretum was established in 1898 and there are still healthy trees dating back to that time. All told there are over 4000 trees and shrubs, many of them from all over the world, including France, Germany, Japan and China.
The Arboretum was initially set up as a place to test “tree heartiness”; apparently many trees have perished over the years as they were not well suited for the harsh Canadian winters or even the extreme heat of the inland summer.
Interestingly the centrally located park is a hot-spot for urban fishing. We spotted many a fisher and spoke to a couple of them who raved about the small but fine tasting sun-fish.
One of these days I hope we return with a fishing rod.